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Extension of Public Health Enhanced Services (PHES) Contracts to General Practices

Meeting: 19/06/2019 - Cabinet (Item 8)

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a)    To seek approval to extend Public Health Enhanced Services (PHES) contracts to general practices for a further three years. The award will secure service delivery from 2020 to 2023 of key areas of public health delivery.  

 

b)    To approve additional funding to cover projected increases in activity levels.

Decision:

Cllr Tim Harman, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought approval to extend the council’s Public Health Enhanced Services (PHES) contracts to general practices for a further three years and additional funding to cover projected increases in activity levels.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Authorise the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities to:

 

(a)        Approve the extension of the current contracts the Council has with General Practices for the delivery of the Public Health Enhanced Services as detailed in this Report, which together have an estimated contract value of up to £4,644,000 (including recommendation d) over the contract extension period;

 

(b)        Ensure that that the contracts referred to at point (a) shall be for a maximum extension period of three years, commencing on the 1st April 2020;

 

(c)        Ensure that notice, in accordance with the contract terms, is served in sufficient time to entitle the Council to extend the current contract terms; and retain the right to terminate on a no fault basis by giving no less than three months written notice to providers; and

 

(d)        Due to increases in the prescribing of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), to allocate an additional and necessary £180K to be utilised across the balance of the contact extension.

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Tim Harman, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought approval to extend the council’s Public Health Enhanced Services (PHES) contracts to general practices for a further three years and to seek additional funding to cover projected increases in activity levels.

 

He explained that, in July 2017, Cabinet had approved the direct award of the current PHES contracts to General Practices for five years (2018-2023). The contracts had an initial fixed term of two years, and included the option to extend for a further three years. The initial two year fixed term contract will end on 31 March 2020.

 

On this basis, Cllr Harman was seeking approval to exercise the contractual option to: 

 

a)    Extend the contracts for a further three years;

b)    Increase the budget allocation by up to £60K per annum to cover a projected increase in the Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) service in general practice.

 

This equated to an additional £180K above the allocation originally approved by Cabinet in July 2017.

 

Cllr Harman clarified that the decision sought to ‘roll forward’ the existing contract, combined with seeking funding for additional contraception needs. Noting the challenges of demand led services on existing budgets, Cllr Harman believed the proposals offered good value for money.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Authorise the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities to:

 

(a)        Extend the current contracts the Council has with General Practices for the delivery of the Public Health Enhanced Services as detailed in this Report, which together have an estimated contract value of up to £4,644,000 (including recommendation d) over the contract extension period;

 

(b)        Ensure that that the contracts referred to at point (a) shall be for a maximum extension period of three years, commencing on the 1st April 2020;

 

(c)        Ensure that notice, in accordance with the contract terms, is served in sufficient time to entitle the Council to extend the current contract terms; and retain the right to terminate on a no fault basis by giving no less than three months written notice to providers; and

 

(d)        Due to increases in the prescribing of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), to allocate an additional and necessary £180K to be utilised across the balance of the contact extension.